VANESSA & THE O'S is Vanessa Contenay-Quinones, Andreas Mattson, Niclas Frisk and ex Smashing Pumpkins co-founder James Iha. Their debut album is described by Rough Trade as “...a fantastic album of european cool with breathy vocals over music that sounds like The Concretes, Stereolab or a more modern take on the Velvet Underground, you will instantly fall in love with this album like we have…” [Rough Trade Album Of The Week] and by Les Inrockuptibles as an “...epatant album d’ultra pop, entre Bardot et les Velvet". Vanessa & the O's spent 2004/2005 writing and recording on a mac portable in hotel rooms & apartments in Paris, Stockholm, New York & London to produce the songs which would become debut album La Ballade d’O, brought in Hives producer Pelle Gunnerfeldt for the mixes and decided to release the album on their own label Rushmore Recordings. By summer 2007 the album was released in France, Japan, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Portugal, Thailand and worldwide digitally.
* Vanessa also worked with Lou Reed releasing a French/English a duet version of Velvets classic Sunday Morning in this period and in 2006 Vanessa was invited to guest vocal on Scott Walker’s album The Drift.
Serge Gainsbourg, The Velvet Underground, Lou Reed, Francois HArdy, Jaques Dutronc, Beatles, Stones, Iggy, Ennio Morricone,